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Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 225
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: scottoale on 01-25-2009

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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to whoever opened this one (Tony?).

A: Slightly hazy chestnut body with a wispy tan head. Standard, but good.

S: Sweet, in both malty and hoppy ways. Some tropical hops accent the cakey, toffeeish malt. Very rich, and only lightly boozy. Great.

T: Follows the nose - fruity hops up front, rich toffee and caramel malt thereafter. Very sweet, very rich, very good.

M: Creamy, medium-full body with plenty of soft carbonation. Great.

O: Wow, I had no idea until just now (typing up my handwritten review) that this beer was 15% - it drank like 10%! Amazing Barleywine. I continue to be impressed by Dark Horse.


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4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

long time want poured into Hill Farmstead bulb.

A Very small head forms and quickly dissipates leaving no lacing and a few bubbles around the rim of the glass. Body is a cherry red, mahogany color and looks nice.

S gigantic sweet malt and dark fruits take off in the nose. sweeter almost bubblegum scent come through. Theres a hearty bready malt. Really sweet scent that has a ton goin on.

T Big time sweetness that carries from the front to the back. sweeter dark fruits like figs and plums poke their heads out toward the middle as well as some lighter mandarin orange. The finish is slightly bittersweet, heavier on the sweet. Nice flavors

M Absolutely flat with a thicker feel on the tongue and leaves my mouth feeling sticky.

O Nice stuff going on inside this bottle, wish I had another one. I also with there was a date on the bottle to know how old it was. No hop presence whatsoever and the flavors tasted awesome for an aged American BW. ISO 3GOTSBW

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ruby colored, almost candy like reddish amber color being presented in front of me. There was a touch of haze to it, but not as much as I expected. Some light carbonation could be seen struggling up to reach the surface. T

Some tobacco was clearly evident, giving it a musky sort of aroma, light hints of alcohol, candied sugar and apples coming through. As it warmed some hints of an oaky sort came out. The flavor was really well done I have to admit. Super smooth, with just the lightest of carbonation, it struggled not to tip too far into the syrup side of things, but
may have in fact landed there in the end. Very sweet, with hardly any alcohol being noticed in here, I was quite impressed. Rich candied apple notes were abound in here, with hints of caramel and honey as well. Some light floral notes in the finish, and that musky tobacco like taste, that I could almost construe to be a weird type of spice to be honest. As it warmed any trace of the alcohol was gone, and it became a syrup laden sweet candied treat

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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scoobydank for hooking me up with this gem.
A: Poured a deep reddish-orange color with a small white head and good carbonation.

S: Nose is sweet with caramel, big hops, alcohol and floral notes.

T: Taste is thick, lighlty boozy but not as big as the ABV would let on. Lots dark fruits,caramel and sugar sweetness here with floral hop notes.

M: Motuhfeel is big, chewy and very coating.
Vintage 2009

A: This beer has turned into a deep mahogany with little carbonation

S: Sweet caramel, toffee, faded hops and booze

T: Big does of once faded once killer floral hops, sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit element is light, perhaps some once upon a time apricots. Booze has calmed down but a sticky, sweet element remains, some Earthiness.

M: Big body and well done

O: Most excellent! Better now rthan it was in 2009.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AleWatcher for this one. It's slipped by me a couple times so I'm glad to finally have one.

Drank in two parts, poured in a small Mikkeller flute. I'm not sure of the age on this one, or when it was last brewed, but something tells me that this bottle has at least a few years on it.

If I'm honest, this beer is an ogre. Its a murky, rust water reddish brown. It pours out looking really thick, and once its in the glass, leaves thick coating and legs. The head is ample for a thick, 15% abv barleywine but eventually fades all the way to nothing as spots of lace slide back down the glass.

Very interesting and much more tame than I expected. I had my self braced for a walloping of alcohol and booze soaked caramel and perhaps a truck load of hops. But things are very well integrated and tame. The alcohol is a DAMN shy of smelling like the 15% mark. This bottle has to be old. The main smells come together and smell a lot like bread pudding. Raisins, rum, cinnamon, figs, cherries and a light whiff of alcohol. At one point I was pulling out a very minty aroma which was interesting and quite pleasant. Caramel apples and toffee ride though the aroma all the while.

Very dense and rich on notes of fruitcake and rum soaked figs, raisins, plums and cherries. The booze is very, very tame. I expected to be breathing fire after sipping this stuff. In fact, I blew out the candle that was lit next to me for fear of igniting my breath. But instead my throat was greeted by a very well integrated, softened beer. There are lots of the caramel apple notes that were so prevalent in the aroma. On my second glass I was getting a few flavors of oxidation. I'm not sure why they waited till the second half of the bottle to peak out, perhaps it was temperature or maybe it had something to do with the dregs of the beer. At any rate, this oxidation wasn't extreme and nearly added to the flavor profile of the beer.

Not very hot, given the huge ABV. It stayed very reserved and smooth. Its a very thick beer with a long, densely sweet finish.

This bottle had been aged for some time and it had been aged properly. Everything came together well here. The only hint of the ABV was how I felt after this bottle. Big thanks Jeff!

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


2008 batch received as an extra in a trade with OHLRangers in early 2009. Thank you Ed! This has been cold stored at about 45 degrees since I received it. Poured into a snifter.

A: A hard pour reveals a deep maroonish brown body with a modest creamy beige head. Nice color.

S: Dates, toffee, bready malt, plum, brown sugar, and prune. There's a bit of earthiness, and booze is pretty tame for the strength. There's a faint citrus presence that's redolent of orange and grapefruit, and pine is subtle. Just a dash of oxidation is apparent. Smells very nice.

T: Flavor opens brown sugary sweet with toffee and caramel notes. Bitterness is at a lower moderate level and lends some balance to the sweetness. The beer is pretty boozy, but it fits well with the theme and isn't detracting. Dark fruit notes are of plum and prune, and there's a bit of date and fig in there as well. Finish is boozy and brown sugary sweet with a restrained bitterness and ample warming.

M: Upper medium - lower end of full in body with an upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: A hefty but nice American Barleywine. A sweet sipper.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse 3 Guy Off The Scale (Barley Wine) pours up with a light effervescence that creates a wafer-thin, Irish cream colored head that just rings the bright, deep mahogany-rufous colored body. The head retention is most certainly retarded by the alcohol! This one even shows a few legs that cling to the side of the glass. The bold, complex aromatics reveal an intense caramel maltiness supplemented by a pleasant fruitiness (citrus salad, dried apricots, orange marmalade) and a vinous strength as it warms. The bold flavor starts off a bit cloying with plenty of upfront caramel (buttered toffee, muscovado sugar) & honey (buckwheat) notes underscored by a touch of toasty nuttiness (roasted cashews, peanut brittle) which layers into the overall malt complexity before a commanding bitterness takes over to drive this one home to a slightly spicy, rich, lingering bittersweet, powerful warming finish that's dominated by the wallop! This full bodied American barleywine could use a touch more carbonation, but otherwise is a perfect companion to sip by the hearthside. This Dark Horse barleywine is certainly "Off the Scale!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. I believe this is from 2008.

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish brown with orange highlights. Produced some off-white froth that dissipated down to bubbles, but at 15%ABV, I wasnt expecting alot in that regard. A beautiful color to it.

(S)- A rich yet delicate profile. Mountains of toffee, fig, cherry, caramel, prune, and a honeyed finish. A treasure trove of malty pleasures. Only a minor/subtle boozy warmth.

(T)- Just like the smell in just about every way. A rich, yet smooth and complex malty paradise full of toffee, fig, cherry, caramel, prune, and a honeyed aftertaste. A bit of a more pronounced boozy warmth, but is still restrained well.

(M)- A good carbonation level, that, is lower than most, but it fits. A great balance of sweet and rich flavors with almost no bitterness or bite to it except in the mild boozy bite that is really integrated well into the body of the beer.

(D)- A great barleywine that has would continue to stand the test of time. Still though, a very strong beer that demands sipping for maximum enjoyment. It took me awhile to finish my glass, but it was a great journey through it. Dark Horse needs to brew a new batch of this pronto, cause it has been awhile since they have!

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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, lets party...

A--Reddish brown, with minimal lacing...

S--Wow, this smells great, so great, raisins, cherries, tobacco, chocolate, etc...superior.

T--Same lines as above, a "little" boozy, but so tasty.

M--Smooth, good MF

D--15% how drinkable is it? VERY! YEAH!

Photo of david131
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as a gift from my local beer retailer over a year ago.

A- A deep ruby orange liquid that is nearly clear. The head is very thin and lacy. A bit on the dead-looking side.

S- Caramel, with a touch of cotton candy and ketchup (not in a bad way). Very subdued for the style and especially for the ABV.

T- Very sweet and rich caramel malt, cherries, cranberries, and figs. Cotton candy on the finish. There is some alcohol presence, but not nearly as much as I would have expected considering the alcohol content.

M- Sticky and think with a carbonation presence that is only noticeable on the finish. There are some strong residual flavors as well. The alcohol warmth is noticeable, but not unpleasant.

D- A very well done take on the style. Beast-like, but very agreeable. One of the more memorable and enjoyable barleywines I have had the pleasure to indulge in.

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - clear dark ruby brown. Red highlites on the edges. Small, long lasting, creamy tannish head. Tons of lacing.

S - Huge sweet malts, caramel, dark ripe fruits. Raisins and plums, nice alcoholic booze aroma. Smells really good.

F/M - Again, huge malt complexity. Sweet with caramel and bready malts with a light toast crusty flavor. Ripe dark fruits and sweet appley fruity esters. Medium bitterness with moderate piny hops. Full bodied oily and slick with a moderate carbonation. Pleasant alcoholic dry finish, without being astringent. Lingering candy sweetness.

D - This is a superb barleywine Definitely going back on my Wants list. Smooth and huge, boozy but delicious. Pretty easy drinking and nice and full. World class.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is a moderate caramel-copper color with some orange notes. Small white head that quickly dissipates into nothing. Nose is pretty strong booze with good notes of caramel, sweet malt, and fruit. The taste is a bit boozy, though not terribly so given the ABV. Good fruit presence. The feel is where the booze gets it, as it's hot even for its alcohol level. Drinks fairly well, but probably needs to rest for a long time.

Photo of erosier
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice caramel brown color with hints of some red with a short but medium bodied tan colored head that fades quickly to a ring around the beer with little lacing left behind.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, vinous fruits and more dark fruits.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted and caramelized malts, then a big vinous and dark fruit taste to it: plums, raisins, cherry. Finishes up with a touch of hops.
M: Very full flavored, not as thick as expected, very high abv but was not very detectable.
D: Very drinkable especially for its gravity.

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with red wax on it. Not sure of the vintage.

Poured into Old Guardian snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of fizzy tan head. Fades down to a ring. Light lace left. Color is a very hazed copper brown with an extreme ruby hue to it. Very nice color.

Aroma: Cherry/ sherry flavors. Sweet and malty. Some caramel malt. Has some light booze and oak flavors.Has some dark dried fruits. Plums, raisins. This one is smelling very good.

Taste: A lot more booze here than the nose would suggest. The high abv shows here quite a bit. Sweet, rich, and malty. Lots of dark dried fruit flavors. Plums, cherries, and raisins all present. Caramel malt with some oak flavors and heat. Pretty solid bwine.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, rich, and warming. Reminds me a bit of an old ale. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation, but alright for the beer. Ends very malty with some booze.

Overall, this is a pretty solid bwine. It has a lot of great flavors, shows a little heat, and seems to fit the style well while going over the top for the abv. Really glad I had a chance to try this one. Decently drinkable.

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Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.